The Electric vehicle revolution is being pioneered right here in Minnesota. ReGo is a Minnesota-based company that is dedicated to making advances in plug-in conversion technology for existing hybrid vehicles. The company has a triple bottom-line business model that balances people, planet and profits.
To address the plug-in skeptics, ReGo has focused much of its initial efforts on increasing battery efficiency during Minnesota’s extra cold winters, as reported by WCCO. Garrett Ferderber of ReGo explains in this piece that his company has found a way to convert some of the energy gained while a car is plugged in to keep the battery cells warm even in the coldest temperatures. A converted Prius can be taken from 45 MPG to 75 MPG with ReGo’s state of the art lithium-ion battery.
Rushford Hypersonic is transforming academic research into commercial applications for the world of tomorrow. Founded in 2007, Rushford Hypersonic is a cutting edge nanotechnology company that produces a commercial coating used in high tooling, friction and corrosion areas. Without this technology, new frontiers of mining and manufacturing would not be possible.
The Rushford-based company uses hypersonic plasma particle deposition (HPPD) coatings “to protect objects by improving hardness, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance. The coating is the hardest on the market.” The company also hopes to use their coatings in medical devices such as prosthetic implants, according to the University of Minnesota. “They hope it will result in implants that will last a lifetime, eliminating the pain of replacement surgeries.
Mcgyan Biodiesel created a new way to produce biodiesel that is changing how the industry produces this renewable fuel. The key to this new technology is a “highly efficient, heterogeneous metal oxide-based catalyst reactor that efficiently and economically converts feedstock plant oils and animal fats to biodiesel.”
There are several benefits to this revolutionary biodiesel process, including the reaction time and effectiveness. The Mcgyan process takes only seconds while other biodiesel processes take hours. More importantly, current waste products such as grease / used cooking oil, animal tallow, and a variety of plant oils can all be used whereas other processes are limited in their materials.
Twin Star Medical is a Minnesota medical technology company pioneering the use of microporous catheters to aspirate and to infuse fluids as a local therapeutic intervention for a number of unmet medical needs. The first product to be introduced by Twin Star Medical has obtained FDA clearance and is being launched in the U.S. to treat complications from fractures.
The Department of Defense is funding clinical studies for additional FDA indications along with other product modifications for use in theater. A second product resulting from Twin Star’s research is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) catheter, for which pivotal animal studies have been completed. It is poised for human studies next year. Localized drug delivery is the next focus for the Twin Star Medical technology, with the initial clinical indications for direct delivery of cancer drugs to the tumor and surrounding tissue, across a range of tumor locations.
AUM Cardiovascular is a Minnesota company that helps doctors better diagnose and treat blockages in the heart with a device called the CADence System. The founder of the company, Dr. Marie Johnson, developed algorithms and signal processing techniques used to detect and analyze heart disease after losing her husband to a heart attack in 2002. AUM Cardiovascular and its talented team turned what was a tragedy into 2011’s top innovation, the CADence system.
The CADence system is a non-invasive, hand-held device capable of detecting coronary artery disease in roughly 20 seconds. Compared to other tests, the CADence system is much faster, does not require a dedicated space or specialized staff, has very little cost for each patient, and also does not require pharmaceutical dye. These revolutionary features make the CADence test more practical and readily available.
EarthClean is a Minnesota-based innovator in the field of delivering more effective, environmentally friendly, fire suppressant products. EarthClean prides itself on building an international company with a goal “to change the way the world fights fires.”
There has been growing concern over the toxicity of existing firefighting foams and how they can be harmful to fish, mammals, plants and the watershed. EarthClean’s first product, TetraKO, is a direct response to this concern.
Unlike all other products in its category, TetraKO employs a patented formula that provides an incredibly effective fire suppressant when mixed with water. This technology transforms water into a gel that can be pumped through standard firefighting equipment and adheres to structures and vegetation creating a fire suppression coating. Once the gel is heated by fire, TetraKO converts to a steam that quickly suffocates the fire. EarthClean hopes that TetraKO will have a significant impact in reducing fire damage, loss of lives, water damages and loss of wildlife, while providing better protection to fire fighters and to the environment.
Minnesota Public Radio highlighted the news earlier this week:
Mountain Iron, Minn. — A new solar energy plant on the Iron Range celebrated a grand opening Monday.
Seattle-based Silicon Energy began training workers to produce photovoltaic systems at a plant in Mountain Iron last month. Minnesota was chosen for Silicon Energy's second plant because of a state incentive program encouraging purchase of solar panels made in-state, said company president Gary Shaver.